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From friends to foes

21 February 2013

Gary MacKenzie is looking forward to going up against former team-mate Sean O’Hanlon when the Dons take on Carlisle United this weekend.

O’Hanlon joined the Cumbrians in January after spending four months without a Club and is set to line up as part of a back four that will be looking to stall the Dons’ search for an elusive victory that could see them climb into the promoting-chasing pack once again.

Gary, who formed a solid partnership with the Liverpudlian centre-half towards the end of the 2010/11 season, admitted that he was sad to see his team-mate leave at the end of that season and is relishing the opportunity of facing him this weekend.

Speaking to MK Dons Player, the 27-year-old said: “Sean kept me out of the team for a bit when I first joined but we played a few games together and he was a solid defender.

“He was a very good talker as well and everybody knows how committed he is, he was the type of player that would put his head in places that other wouldn’t.

“He’s a top man and I was sad to see him go in the end because for the last 20 games of that season we played really well together. It never really worked out for him up in Scotland so I’m glad to see him back in football down here.”

There will be no time for catch-up, though, with Robinson’s men solely focused on picking up their first victory since mid-January and MacKenzie is fully aware of how important every point gained will be as the Dons head into the final two months of the season.

“We played really well up at Carlisle last season and their fans clapped us off the pitch but it’s a tough place to go and it’s made even tougher by the long trip to get there.

“We need to pick up points, though, regardless of who or where we’re playing and it’s our main objective to put maximum wins on the board in these next few games.

“It’s going to be good to have bodies back as this season’s been so up and down in terms of injuries and I think that’s a reason why there’s been no consistency in the performances.

“We need to put together a run now, where we’re making less mistakes and ultimately playing better. We need to have more of an edge and need to start taking our chances when they come along as well.”

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